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Meet the Undateables: Tim and Michael

Each week, we take two New Yorkers who swear they’re totally undateable, and put our matchmaking skills to the test
Written by
Will Gleason

Why they’re single:
Tim: Recently out of a relationship, he’s trying to get back into the dating scene.
Michael: There’s just been a lack of effort by all the parties involved.

Ideal date:
Tim: Drinks at a cocktail bar, followed by dinner
Michael: A game of table tennis, then dinner and drinks


First impression
Tim: “I knew it was him immediately. The conversation flowed really nicely. I thought right away, Oh, okay, this is going to be fun. I was excited for the next few hours or so.”
Michael: “He seemed really nice and personable. I thought he was five years younger than me, which he liked to hear. He wasn’t really my type, but I wouldn’t exclude him.”

Tim: “Despite him being very cute, I was immediately like, Oh, this is a guy who would be a really good friend. I didn’t feel like there was romantic chemistry.”
Michael: “I think there was chemistry but not necessarily romantic. We both really like the ID channel, so we talked about that a lot. We’re both really into true crime.”

Awkward Moment
Tim: “I feel like I was a little nervous going in because I was talking too much, but I think that was just mainly out of meeting someone for the first time like that.”
Michael: “When I first got there, the manager met me, and I thought he was Tim and introduced myself. The manager seemed pretty confused, but then Tim came over.”

Tim: “It wasn’t until we left that I realized neither of us made an effort to exchange numbers. So I decided we must have been on the same page about it being more friendly.”
Michael: “I felt like he was fine with not exchanging numbers. I think he was in it for the experience. We parted ways pretty quickly, but I would have met up with him again.”

Tim: ♥♥♥ “It was a great time. I was like, Maybe we’ll be friends. Then again, I don’t know his last name, so I’ll probably never see him again. But he was really nice.”
Michael: ♥♥♥ “I thought the date was really great. I was relieved that it was him. He seemed really bubbly. I can be the opposite of that, so it was refreshing in that sense.”

Our daters went to Time Out Market New York (55 Water St, 917-810-4855)

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  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Greenwich Village
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A West Village institution with classy decor, Minetta Tavern serves up that famous burger that’s on your bucket list. After your splurge, turn things up a notch at Marie’s Crisis Café, the iconic piano bar down the street. You can listen to some show tunes and join in the singing once you’ve got a few drinks in you. Who knows, maybe you and your date will harmonize!

  • Nightlife
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Drop your inhibitions at this seductive, throwback lounge. Cheeky performers will leave you and your date laughing, curious and maybe a bit aroused. From your table by the stage (the space is small enough that there’s not really a bad seat in the house) expect the unexpected as aerial performers, singers, comedians, dancers and sexily clad lads and laddies perform circus and sideshow tricks. You’ll be hard-pressed to find anything like it in the Lower East Side—or anywhere else.

  • Things to do
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Dreamland Roller Disco in Prospect Park provides a modern twist on a retro date. Besides, isn’t there something cute about falling on your butts together? What makes Dreamland special are its themed nights. From Gaga vs Madonna to Soul Train to Y2K Disco, you're bound to find the perfect theme that will get you going regardless of your skating skills.

  • Restaurants
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The Austrian-inspired cuisine and lived-in but chic aesthetic make Porcelain a charming first-date option. The prices are refreshingly low, too, with plates in the $10 range. Grab a couple of big, plush chairs, then split brunch and a pastry or three. If that’s not as sweet as can be, we don’t know what is. 

  • Attractions
  • Arcades and amusements
  • Midtown East

New York is brimming with unique, exciting activities. But if you’re pining for something truly cutting-edge, explore another city—or another planet, for that matter—by bringing your date to VR World, a theme park that proffers 50 mind-bending interactive experiences.

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Brooklyn Heights

Versatility is a key quality in a date spot: somewhere you want to stay but can still bolt if need be. If that’s what you’re seeking, get thee to Jared Braithwaite’s bar Pips, which sports an impressive wine selection alongside small plates inspired by coastal Italian cuisine. Plus, it’s right on Atlantic Avenue, so your subway escape-route options are plentiful. 

  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
  • Prospect Park

You and your special someone don’t have to travel far to feel like you’re in an idyllic pastoral paradise with this century-old Kings County NYC park. Nestled away by Prospect Park, you’ll find over 50 acres of cherry blossoms, rose gardens and the bright flora of the tropics in the balmy conservatory. No matter the season, you’ll be sure to see beautiful plant life.

  • Movie theaters
  • Independent
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Why bother going to two separate places when you can combine this classic date at one fantastic eat-in cinema? Grab one of the luxurious, big comfy chairs and take advantage of the table with the seats. Chow down on tacos, burgers, charcuterie or small plates as you take in buzzworthy indie films and retro re-releases. And be sure to take advantage of the sweet cocktail and beer menu. 

  • Restaurants
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  • Midtown West
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No one foresees anything good (with the possible exception of a Broadway show) to come out of Times Square. But consider Bugis Street Brasserie’s laksa: Comprising rice vermicelli, shrimp, chicken, fish cake and bean sprouts, this super-spicy noodle soup is sure to heat up your night. Your date might give you some side-eye as they’re guided into a hotel lobby packed with tourists, but sometimes great things emerge from unexpected places.

  • Things to do
  • City Life

Broke, huh? Well, it sounds like you’re craving a space so bucolic, you love birds will forget it’s free of charge! Everyone appreciates a hidden urban oasis, and the St. Luke in the Fields Gardens—just off Hudson Street, between Barrow and Christopher Streets in the West Village—are up there with the best of them.

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